On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 20

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210W 46th St, NYC

Actress Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
  • 1930 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • 1932 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS
  • 1947 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • 1953 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1959 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1963 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • 1969 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1973 Mariette Hartley appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the episode "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 2017 "Coco" Pixar animated film, the first nine-figure budget film with all-Latino cast premieres at Morelia film festival

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1854 Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
  • 1871 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1957)

Person of interestBela Lugosi

1882 Bela Lugosi [Blaskó], Austrian actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space), born in Lugos, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1956)

  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1889 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1894 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • 1895 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The Ten Commandments), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1903 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1922 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Clayton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Herschel Bernardi, American actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1932 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Barrie Chase, American dancer and actress (Cape Fear (1962); It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), born in Kings Point, New York
  • 1934 Michael Dunn, Shattuck OK, actor (House of the Damned, Ship of Fools)
  • 1934 Timothy West, English actor (Brass), born in Bradford, England
  • 1935 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942 Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)
  • 1945 Hector the Bulldog, Warner Bros. cartoon character (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Peck Up Your Troubles"
  • 1952 Melanie Mayron, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist

Person of interestDanny Boyle

1956 Danny Boyle, English film director (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), born in Manchester, England

Film Director Danny Boyle
Film Director
Danny Boyle
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Eric Scott, actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1958 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian (Neighbours), born in Brisbane
  • 1959 Razor Ramon [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1961 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1965 William Zabka, American actor
  • 1967 Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1967 Luigi Lo Cascio, Italian actor
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1970 Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • 1979 John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1983 Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • 1985 Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • 1986 Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress
  • 1994 Morgan Featherstone, Australian model

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1973 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

  • 2012 "Clueless" actress Elisa Donovan (41) weds Charlie Bigelow (36) on a outdoor ceremony on the Vineyard Lawn at The Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 May Robson, actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • 1952 Basil Radford, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore, Night Train), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1959 Werner Krauss, German actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75 (b. 1884)
  • 1968 Bud Flanagan [Chaim Reuben Weintrop], English comedian (duo with Chesney Alley), dies at 72
  • 1970 Patrick Wymark [Cheeseman], British actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1989 Anthony Quayle, British actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia), dies from liver cancer at 76
  • 1990 Joel McCrea, American actor (Foreign Correspondent, Sullivan's Travels), dies of pulmonary complications at 84
  • 1993 Maurice Dolbier, American actor and author (Nowhere Near Everest; The Bus That Nobody Loved), dies at 81

Person of interestBurt Lancaster

1994 Burton "Burt" Lancaster, American actor (Spartacus, Apartment, From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80

  • 1994 Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50
  • 1994 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 1995 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), dies at 53
  • 1995 Jack Rose, American screenwriter, dies at 83
  • 2002 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2003 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • 2003 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, dies at 79

Person of interestJane Wyatt

2006 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

Actress Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
  • 2006 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), dies at 75
  • 2014 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58